Dividing Cymbidiums, Cymbidium Orchid
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We watched the entire video and had some good laughs (Your humor is infectious!) and also got a lot of good information. Armed with our new knowledge and permission to stomp, whack, and tear, we sallied out into the back garden and uprooted two more pots of overgrown cymbidiums. We now have more plants than holes for them, so are thinking about where we might put them. I liked your idea about a long planter. They are all recycled house décor from Trader Joe’s – if they survive our amateur attempts that’s fine, if not, there’ll be more next winter. Thanks very much for the video and fun.
Thanks so much for the comment. I am flattered you watched the whole thing and very glad it dissolved any possible fears about dividing cymbidiums.
Oh my goodness Pat you are the only person I have ever seen that divides with a hatchet and saw like me. Most people simply are too gentle with overgrown packed too tightly roots. Awesome video.
Thanks loads for your comment! Glad to know you are wielding a hatchet to divide plants in your great garden up there near to Canadian border!
Having first met you one evening 5 years ago on a week-long canoe trip on the Upper Missouri River while our guides were setting up our tents in one of Lewis and Clark’s campsites I might have known. At the time I was perched on a stool painting a watercolor of the White Cliffs of the Missouri River. Along you and your husband and friends came in kayaks, Penny. So having first met you in this active mode, I might have known you were an old hand with a hatchet! (For readers of this comment, a year or two later I met Penny again— totally by accident— while once again painting a watercolor, perched on the same stool in Arches National Park, Utah. This time we exchanged emails and have kept in touch ever since. Penny is an avid gardener and leader in her garden club and involved with garden tours and such in Idaho.
Nice recap of our two meetings. I remember how excited I was to find out you were a garden writer and a kindred spirit. I can so remember your colorful water colors, an expression of talent I wish I possessed. I was beyond myself to actaully be able to see you again at Arches painting your beautiful pictures. So happy you have become such a fun friend, whom I so enjoy hearing from. I was telling my book club yesterday about your video and this morning sent that link so they could enjoy it too.
Two days ago I had never heard of cymbdiums and yesterday while visiting a garden for our upcoming garden tour I met a woman who is growing them in her house here quite successfully. She must in her house because we live in Zone 4 not 24. Frankly I don’t think I even knew there was a zone 24.
I checked out your grandchild Rachel’s blog and really liked it. So much talent in one family. Keep making a difference in the world.
Thanks loads, Penny! As Lewis Carroll so aptly stated, “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings!”. There are two major plant-climate zone systems. The USDA climate zones that apply to the entire USA and Sunset Western Garden Book zones, which have many more zones and are far more precise, but apply only to the western states. I almost always use the Sunset Zones since they work well out here in the west and the national zones are no good at all for us since we have so many variations of climate based on differences of elevation and proximity to the ocean. Zone 24 is a Sunset Zone and it refers to the narrow strip right along the ocean in most parts of Southern California, but sometimes where the coast is flat it extends inland for a mile or two, in other words it’s “the fog belt” of Southern California.
Ms. Welsh, you are awesome
That Cymbidium is your BITCH! (I love you so much. )
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